General information for exporters

A licence is not required to export goods from Australia, however, a permit is required for some goods.

The export of goods from Australia is controlled by laws and Government policies to:

  1. prohibit the export of certain goods either absolutely or conditionally
  2. adequately record Australia's international trade

Total prohibition applies to the export of protected wildlife, some heritage items, selected weapons and other dangerous goods. Goods that are conditionally prohibited from export may not be exported unless all necessary export permits are obtained from the relevant permit issuing agency/agencies.

The Export control manual - Vol 12. provides detailed information on export requirements.

Export Declarations

An Export Declaration is a statement made by the exporter (owner of the goods), or their agent, to the Department providing information concerning the goods and the export transaction.

Once an Export Declaration is lodged with the Department, an Export Declaration Number (EDN) is provided. Goods may not be exported, or loaded on a ship or aircraft for export, unless they have been entered for export (some exemptions apply) and the Department has given approval to export by means of a cleared status.

More information is available on Export Declarations and exemptions from the requirement for an Export Declaration.

Export permits

Some goods require a permit for export. More information is available on prohibited and restricted exports.

Export Data

An Australian Harmonised Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) is an eight digit code used to classify goods for export. The AHECC is maintained by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and can be accessed from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Accurate export data is highly important to the Government and the private sector for various reasons, for example:

  • We use export entry data when risk assessing outbound cargo to ensure that relevant border controls are maintained and that government revenue is protected.
  • Australian and overseas investors use export statistics to conduct market research and identify business opportunities.
  • Export statistics are used to monitor and assess market share and trading patterns.

More information is available on improving export data.

Useful resources

The resources below provide general information for exporters.

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